The Cruachan Hills: Beinn a' Chochill (172) and Beinn Eunaich (156)
Pronunciations - translations - heights:
Byn a' cho-chil - hill of the hood - 980m
Byn ayneech - fowling hill - 989m
Duration - 09:10 - 15:20
Total ascent - 1250m
Weather - dull from the start, then so wet and windy for Beinn Eunaich that turning back was seriously considered!!
Team - Paul P
Hike week 2015 - Day 7 - Friday
On a good day these hills probably provide a nice jaunt out, having good fast access via farm tracks and not being too airy or rocky. Today these features meant the hills were merely passable and even that was at a push for Beinn Eunaich!
With the weather as it was I had us start the descent early (red line on plot) over safe grassy slopes. There was no path and it was very boggy, but I knew that with every metre down the weather would be getting better and it certainly paid off that way.
Battered but happy we paced it down the tracks again only to be met by the farmer who seemed quite baffled that anyone had gone up on this day. Ironically, this night saw us go to our luxury night in the Bridge of Orchy Hotel who of course did not have a drying room! Come back Glencoe Hostel - all if forgiven!!!
Here we are!
The incline lessens as we near the top of Beinn a' Chochill:
Beautiful scenery on Beinn a' Chochill:
Bad, bad conditions on Beinn Eunaich means that this is our best shot!
Retreating back to the grassy ridge between the two:
Ironically, after our wettest day we had our 'luxury' night, which had no drying room!